Instrumental students from Susquehanna and Wyoming County schools gathered at Blue Ridge High School on Thursday, Oct. 26, for a day of learning and performing music with their peers.
Music Director Vince LoRusso of Blue Ridge High School was the host director.
The junior high band was directed by Mackenzie Anderson, an elementary school band director of Tunkhannock Area School District. “When they told me last year I’d be conducting, I was terrified, but these guys are great,” she said. “Most of them came prepared and they all were wonderful to work with,” she said. “I want to, from the depths of my heart, thank the kids on stage.
The junior high band students performed “Captain America March,” and “America on Parade.” “Shepherds’ Hay” featured two brass soloists. “Scorpion” featured the low brass section.
Anderson introduced “Dr. Rockenstein” as a “kinda creeptacular song for Halloween.”
The dynamic “Ignite the Night” featured seven flute soloists, and the director gave a nod to the percussion section. “Mad props to the percussionists. This is not easy percussion,” she said of the selection, which could have easily been part of a Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack.
For the Senior High band, Mason Stiver of Mountain View served as this year’s conductor.
Selections included “Mars” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, and “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss,” which is based on “It is well with my soul.”
The “America Forever March” featured a tympani solo by Will Farnelli of Elk Lake.
A medley of four songs from the band, “Chicago,” concluded the concert.
Tunkhannock Area High School students participating in county band included Cassidy Ash, Caroline Bingham, Glenn Brown, Brittnie Cahoon, Michael Casey, Sarah Chapla, Caleb Cornell, Alexia Diaz, Erin Dunn, Rebecca Fick, Matthew Goodwin, Nathan Johnson, Abigail Kaleta, Jessica Kaneski, Meghan Keiser, Kassandra LaChase, Elaine Lance, Jacob Lance, Daniel Matson, James Mikus, Robert Miroslaw, Rebecca Mock, Vivienne Moyer, Nathan Myers, Hanalee Nichols, Madison Ostir, Kaitlin Ramage, Caroline Reynolds, Gabrielle Roote, Ashley Rusinko, Brittney Sholes, John VanHouten, Alyssa Vikara, Preston West, and Levi Westfield.
Tunkhannock Area Middle School students participating in county band included Devon Anderson, Ethan Childress, Krista Dieffenbach, Cayle Goble, Kaleb Gruver, Dayton Kandrovy, Leah Klose, Alyssa Kovlachick, Malana Nestor, Matt Prebola, Noah Race, Andrew Roxby, Greg Stapleton, Scott Wickizer, Emily Wojnarski, and Zach Zelna.
Elk Lake Senior High School students participating in county band included Olivia Voll, Emm Chotowski, Felicia Bedford, Megan Bosscher, Sadie Bosscher, Elizabeth Rothwell, Megan Tewksbury, Hannah Decker, Kale Decker, Madison Tewksbury, Tiffany Toth, Eliza Bosscher, Isaac Dibble, Kaylee Eckert, Will Farnelli, and Kenny Filer.
Elk Lake Senior High School students participating in county band included Dan Warholic, Mitchell Delano, Lily Richards, Kyleigh Brown, Ben Werle, Nate Warriner, Erick Skinner, Todd Snyder, Reese Warriner, Krista Jones, Chloe Sipe, Jake Hollister, Allison Orr, Terrence Brozonis, Emily Moore, Doug Priestner, and Jeremy Quinnan.